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Emma Gunsallus

Emma Louise Gunsallus (Workman)

Monday, February 10th, 1936 - Saturday, January 9th, 2021
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Obituary

Emma Louise Workman Gunsallus of Zion in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania, passed away peacefully to be with the Lord on Saturday, January 9, 2021.

Born into humble beginnings in Mingoville, PA, she was the daughter of the late William S. and Geneva W. (Reed) Workman on February 10, 1936. She was a 1954 graduate of Walker Township High School.

During her childhood, she grew to know the value of hard work. She would help her family work on a farm that they rented in Stormstown, PA. Eventually, her parents moved back to Walker Township where they purchased a farm of their own and she worked side-by-side with them. She also held jobs at Getting Engineering, Hecla Park, Nittany Valley Country Club, and a general store in Mingoville, PA.

Young Emma enjoyed roller skating at Hecla Park and square dancing. At one particular square dance, she caught the eye of Elmer D. Gunsallus. They would marry on July 1, 1957. During their marriage, Elmer enlisted in the US Army. This would have them living in Oklahoma for a year. Elmer and Emma moved back to her Walker Township roots. They welcomed a daughter into their family in 1962 and son in 1969.

Emma enjoyed serving others. She worked as a waitress, hostess and greeter at The Corner Room in State College, PA for 61+ years until her retirement in 2018. During her time there, she met many notable public figures. A few that she was most proud of were former Presidents Gerald Ford and Dwight D. Eisenhower; Penn State head football coach, Joseph V. Paterno, who she called her friend; and Beverly Hillbillies star, Nancy Kulp. She enjoyed meeting and befriending all those who she came in contact with. Many people came to see her there when they visited the area.

Emma had strong ties to Nittany Valley Alliance Church, where she was an active member and volunteer. She served as a Deacon, Sunday School teacher, nursery helper, and she cooked for many church dinners.

Emma enjoyed having fun. In her younger years, she liked riding on snowmobiles. She also enjoyed attending the Centre County Grange Fair and the local fireman’s carnivals. Emma liked watching Penn State Football games and going to dirt track races at the Clinton County Speedway and Port Royal Speedway.

Emma will be loved and missed by all who knew her.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer D. Gunsallus, and a niece, Katlyn N. Comly.

She is survived by her children, Darlene L. Gunsallus and Elmer E. Gunsallus, her brothers, William R. Workman (Karen), and Gary L. Workman, all of Bellefonte, and several nieces and nephews.

There will be a public viewing held on Friday, January 15, 2021, from 10am-noon, at Wetzler Funeral Service, Inc., 206 N. Spring Street, Bellefonte. Funeral services will immediately follow at noon, at the funeral home, with Rev. Ben LeClair officiating. Burial will follow at Zion Cemetery. Following CDC recommendations, social distancing is encouraged, and face coverings will be required at all services.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Emma’s memory to the Nittany Valley Alliance Church, PO Box 108, 1003 Nittany Valley Drive, Mingoville, PA 16856.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday, January 15th, 2021 | 10:00am - 12:00pm
    When
    Friday, January 15th, 2021 10:00am - 12:00pm
    Location
    Wetzler Funeral Services Inc.
    Address
    206 North Spring Street
    BELLEFONTE, PA 16823
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    Notes
    Following CDC recommendations, social distancing is encouraged, and face coverings will be required at all services.
  • Service

    Friday, January 15th, 2021 | 12:00pm
    When
    Friday, January 15th, 2021 12:00pm
    Location
    Wetzler Funeral Service, Inc.
    Address
    206 N. Spring Street
    BELLEFONTE, PA 16823
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Notes
    Following CDC recommendations, social distancing is encouraged, and face coverings will be required at all services.
    Officiant
    Rev. Ben LeClair
  • Interment

    Location
    Zion Cemetery
    Address
    BELLEFONTE, PA
    Notes
    Following CDC recommendations, social distancing is encouraged, and face coverings will be required at all services.

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Denise Emmel

Posted at 11:26am
Working at PSU we went to the Corner Room often and had become good friends with Emma. One particular day we were having breakfast and getting ready to leave. She had our friend Thom follow her in and out of the aisles of the restaurant and then started laughing and told him that this is what a Polish trailer was. I never saw her laugh so hard. That's only one memory out of many. She was a wonderful lady and loved by all. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.
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